image showing the desert super bloom

This year’s  unusually wet winter has been a curse in many parts of the United States, but not in California. After years of drought, California’s usually lifeless and arid-looking desert has been magically transformed into a stunning landscape of colorful wildflowers. This extraordinary desert ‘super bloom’  is something quite rare in this barren area. Most of the time, California doesn’t get enough, Read More

The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is an annual tradition in Pasadena, California,  that takes place every year on New Year’s day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.) The event was started in 1890 by members of the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club, Read More

Growing up in communist Romania had its own advantages. I could tell you all kinds of dreadful stories about those times and they would all be true, but not everything was bad. Yes, there were five of us living in a one bedroom apartment (sometimes even more when relatives came to visit); the lines to the grocery, Read More

Meet the latest bloggers featured on my monthly series Travel Blogger Interviews. Ali and Lubaina are a couple of travel enthusiasts from Mumbai, India.   1. Tell us a little about yourselves: Who are you? Where are you from? We are a couple “Ali and Lubaina” from Mumbai, India. We are on a mission to travel, Read More

In 2016 Travel Notes & Beyond participated again in the NATJA Awards Competition for Excellence in Travel Journalism and won two gold prizes for the article “Dark Secrets of the Corner House” in two different categories: “Historical Travel” and “Illustrated Story.” Travel Notes & Beyond was also a finalist in the “Personality and Profiles” category with the article, Read More

Back in the summer of 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting Jane and Duncan Dempster-Smith, the co-founders of “To Travel To.” In 2013, Jane and Duncan decided to leave the corporate world behind and see the world. Read more about Jane and Duncan in my interview with them:    1. Tell us a little about yourself:, Read More

The world is filled with so many spectacular places that one lifetime would not be enough to visit all of them. Most of us will probably never be able to visit everything that this world has to offer, but it’s worth trying. If we can brag about seeing the most famous sites, we should consider ourselves more fortunate than 75% of, Read More

Since beauty is so subjective, what makes a city attractive? Is it architecture, landmarks, cultural life? If you traveled long enough you probably discovered that the world is full of boring, colorless and uninspiring cities. And yet there are so many captivating ones that will steal your heart and lure you back on and on. For world travelers it’s easy to recognize a spectacular city. They, Read More

So here we are again, ready to celebrate a new year. I can’t believe 2017 is just around the corner. How did time fly so fast? As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on it. But before I plunge into that I want to thank everyone of you –my readers– for your support in 2016. Travel, Read More